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The Manischewitz All-Time 25-Man Roster

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

On the second night of Passover, a simple dinner discussion that evolved into an argument between the Matzo Ball Soup and the Brisket was the impetus for this list. Going through the Internet to find any definitive list, this wonderful piece by the ubiquitous Jonah Keri from 2007 was discovered  listing the Top 18 Jewish […]

The Crushing MLB Schedule Should Be 154 Games

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin was a guest of Chris Russo on Mad Dog Radio, yesterday. During the interview he pointed out that his team played 203 games 227 days last season. Think about that. Spring schedules are now in excess of 30 games. Granted, most of the star players don’t play the entire game […]

Expanded Playoffs Necessary in Lieu of Salary Cap

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

All reports indicate that MLB will expand its playoff system this year to include a second Wild Card team. MLB continues to be the only sport that doesn’t get it. What I mean by that is they don’t have the understanding or ability to create an economic system where the disparity in local revenues between […]

Media & MLB Failed a Test, Not Just Braun

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Now that all the information has come out and a decision made, what is the fallout from the Ryan Braun failed drug test fiasco? Braun is the one that failed the drug test. He is also the one that has to play with suspicions going forward. Think it was hard to win an award before? Don’t be […]

Mad Dog Russo Claims MLB Gave Him Inside Info That Ryan Braun Did Steroids

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I have been holding off commenting about the developments in the Ryan Braun steroid case until tomorrow as I read various pieces of evidence. Unlike some mainstream members, I don’t like to throw stones at someone over steroids. Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, however has historically been anti-Players Association. Our good friend Bob Mantz Jr. over […]

Sensible Contracts for Hitters and Pitchers

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

In recent months I have discussed the dangers of long-term deals, specifically when it came to the Mets signing Jose Reyes. The years, more than the dollars, is usually the problem. Long-term contracts lead to teams paying premium dollars for players past their prime. The average annual value is often skewed because you have situations (see […]

Listen: 2011 Wrap Up at 8pm

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Tonight is my last show for 2011. I will kick it off by giving you my nominations for the NYBD “Person of the Year.” Last year, we started our own version of the TIME Magazine “Person of the Year,” which elects a a man, woman, or idea that “for better or worse,” has most influenced events […]

The Real Crime is the Leak to Braun’s Test Results

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Since news leaked that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun failed a drug test this past October, the media has focused on the legitimacy of records, awards, and whether Bud Selig’s attempt to clean up the sport of performance-enhancing drugs has been a failure. All those, in my opinion, are secondary issues, as the real crime […]

Pedro Martinez: The Best Ever?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

During the same week that it was revealed Ryan Braun failed a drug test and John Rocker admitted using performance enhancing drugs during his career, the player I thought most about was Pedro Martinez. Martinez officially announced his retirement earlier in the month. To be fair, most thought of him as retired after he didn’t pitch in 2010. So now […]

Sticky: Vote in the NYBD Hall of Fame Ballot

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I will be keeping this up as a sticky until our January 8th Hall of Fame show where we will announce the fan selections. Remember, the actual Hall of Fame announcement will be on January 9th. Here is my Hall of Fame ballot – you can weigh in on the conversation by voting here.